ASUS Z170 ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha Motherboard Review

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Testing Setup

Motherboard: ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Hero Alpha
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.2 GHz
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15
GPU: GALAX GTX 980 SOC @ 1228 (1329 boost)/1800Mhz
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666 2x8GB C14
PSU: Cooler Master V1200 1200W 80PLUS Platinum
OS: Windows 8.1 Professional x64

Previous motherboard reviews:
ASUS Maximus VIII Hero
ASUS Maximus VIII Formula
ASUS Maximus VIII Impact

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Methodology:
All benchmarks are done on a fresh install of Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit that is fully up-to-date with Windows Updates to ensure that the performance reflects a real-world scenario and not that of a tweaked benchmarking system. Every benchmark runs for a total of three times and then an average is taken of those results.

2D Benchmarks:
AIDA64 – CPU Queen/CPU Photoworxx/CPU AES/Memory Read/Memory Write
Cinebench 11.5 – CPU
Cinebench R15 – CPU
SiSandra – Processor Arithmetic/Processor Multi-Core Efficiency/Cache & Memory Bandwidth

3D Benchmarks:
3DMark 11 – Performance
3DMark Fire Strike – Normal

Gaming Benchmarks:
Company of Heroes 2 – Maximum Settings 1080P/1440P
F1 2015 – Ultra Preset 1080P/1440P
Total War: ROME II – Extreme Preset 1080P/1440P

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